Otto Baxter: Not A F***ing Horror Story

Dir: Peter Beard, Bruce Fletcher
Cast: Otto Baxter
116mins   2023   UK   15   English   

On Thursday 7 September we will be joined by directors Otto Baxter, Bruce Fletcher and Peter Beard for special Q&A screening hosted by Oska Bright

This feature-length documentary follows Otto Baxter, a 35-year-old man with Down Syndrome, over 6 years, as he writes and directs a foul mouthed, autobiographical, comedy, horror, musical, set in Victorian London.

Otto, who has always struggled to explain how he feels, uses his film The Puppet Asylum to explore his birth, adoption, and his epic battle with “The Master” an evil magician bent on controlling his life. During the process Otto’s birth mother dies and he is forced to confront his life in the real world, and his future.

Otto’s friends Bruce Fletcher and Peter Beard, both filmmakers, support Otto to bring his vision to life, but also learn more and more about his unique view on the world and how they can play a role in his future.

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